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The Role of the State in Economic Change

Ha-Joon Chang and Robert Rowthorn


The role of the state has occupied centre stage in the development of economics as an independent discipline and is one of the most contentious issues addressed by contemporary economists and political economists. The immediate post-war years saw a swing in economic theory towards interventionism, motivated by the urgent need for reconstruction in advanced capitalist countries, the establishment of socialism in parts of Asia and Eastern Europe, and the liberation of many developing nations from colonialism. After a quarter of a century of interventionist policies, a vigorous backlash against s ... More

Keywords: economic change, interventionism, socialism, colonialism, state intervention, anti-interventionism, neo-liberalism

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Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ha-Joon Chang, editor

Robert Rowthorn, editor
University of Cambridge

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